Alexandra Luzzato BSc (Hons) Osteopathy
Brief intro about yourself and how you got into your therapy
My name is Alexandra Luzzato. I am a registered Osteopath and Cranial Osteopath who has been in practice for over 19 years, treating patients of all ages, lifestyles and needs, including babies, children and pregnant women. I trained as an Osteopath both in France and England and obtained my degree in Osteopathy in 2001 from the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) in Maidstone. I have been based in Sussex ever since and share my practice time between Hassocks and Brighton.
A Short bio on your therapy (what it is, how it helps)
Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems using a variety of manual body techniques. Osteopaths use safe physical manipulations, stretching, massage techniques and gentle touch to improve the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, improve the blood and nerve supply to body tissues, and thereby encourage your body’s own self-regulating and self-healing mechanisms.
Why did you choose your profession?
I was introduced to Osteopathy in 1997 when I was a medical student in Paris at time when the treatment was not yet a recognised profession in France and I had never heard of it. Some youngsters were distributing leaflets about complementary and alternative medicines outside my university and I was irresistibly drawn to what I read about Osteopathy. Its philosophy and principles made so much sense to me and, as this was a time before the internet, I proceeded to write to all the schools in France and ask for more information. What I learned about Osteopathy gave me a deep sense that I had found my calling and that this was the empathetic and holistic form of Medicine I had been looking for.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I really enjoy how the practice draws upon both my intellectual and intuitive capacities to make sense of what is going on with the person who is consulting me. I love the open and trusting relationship between patient and practitioner, and the investigative, detective-like nature of the job to find out what the problem is. When treating a patient, I am always amazed to witness the self-regulating and self-healing mechanisms at play in the body. Those are present in everyone and experiencing them in my work renews my hope that it is possible to be healthy well into old age!
What are your specialisms?
I trained as an osteopath both in France and in England. That extensive training has provided me with an array of osteopathic diagnostic and treatment tools, which means that I can tailor individual treatment plans around each patient’s needs. I am particularly drawn to the osteopathic approach generally known as “Cranial osteopathy” and have discovered myself a natural affinity for it. I have undertaken much post-graduate training on the subject, and have completed 8 phases of Mr Jim Jealous’ teaching curriculum, known as the Biodynamic approach to Cranial Osteopathy.
I very much enjoy treating patients of all ages and the different members of the same family from the new-born baby to the wise great-grandparent! In babies and children, I am particularly interested in helping to release strain patterns acquired in the womb and through the birth process; strains which might participate in making these little patients very unsettled.
I have a similar sense of fulfilment when treatment helps adults be free of pain and movement restrictions. Osteopathy has a particular role to play in treating such restrictions such as the ones created by postural imbalances, compensatory mechanisms following an injury or accident; or even everyday stress!
What conditions do you most enjoy treating?
I very much enjoy treating patients of all ages and the different members of the same family from the newborn baby to the wise great-grandparent. In babies and children, I am particularly interested in helping to release strain patterns acquired in the womb and through the birth process - strains which might contribute to making these little patients very unsettled. I have a similar sense of fulfilment when treatment helps adults be free from pain and movement restrictions. Osteopathy has a particular role to play when such restrictions have been created by retained tensions in the body, often caused by postural imbalances, compensatory mechanisms following an injury or accident - or even everyday stress.
When are you available?
I am available at The Heeler Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.30am to 6pm, which is my last appointment time of the day.
Do you accept insurance work?
Yes. I accept insurance work and am covered by most health insurances including Aviva, Cigna, Simply Health and WPA but not BUPA or AXA PPP. I would suggest that prospective patients checked with their insurer what their policy terms and conditions are prior to making an appointment, to make sure that the insurance will cover the expected cost of treatment. I usually request that all patients settle for their osteopathic session at each visit and use their payment receipts to claim back with their insurer.